Whale watchers eager to visit Hermanus for its famous festival this weekend have been warned to obey traffic rules or face stiff fines and even arrest.
The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) yesterday appealed to motorists travelling to the upcoming Hermanus Whale Festival to drive responsibly.
To keep drivers on their toes, traffic and law enforcement officers from Overstrand, Cape Agulhas and Theewaterskloof will be conducting operations on various routes around Hermanus.
DTPW’s Byron la Hoe said: “The region has a very high incidence of pedestrian fatalities. Motorists should be particularly alert when travelling past Grabouw along the N2.”
DTPW road safety officers will be at the festival conducting safety talks, responding to road safety queries, exhibiting information, and distributing pamphlets.
La Hoe added that Danny Cat, the road safety mascot, was looking forward to teaching kids good safety habits.
“The seatbelt convincer, which simulates what happens in a crash, will show visitors the importance of wearing seatbelts at all times,” said La Hoe.
Officers will focus on speeding, driving under the influence, distracted driving (cell phones), seatbelt compliance, and driver and vehicle fitness.